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Saturday, March 8, 2008

Astronomers from The University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, have captured rare video of a meteor falling to Earth

Canadian astronomers on hunt for meteor
The Physics and Astronomy Department at Western has a network of all-sky cameras in Southern Ontario that scan the sky monitoring for meteors. Associate Professor Peter Brown, who specializes in the study of meteors and meteorites, says that Wednesday evening (March 5) at 10:59 p.m. EST these cameras captured video of a large fireball and the department has also received a number of calls and emails from people who actually saw the light.

Brown along with Wayne Edwards, a post doctorate student, hope to enlist the help of local residents in recovering one or more possible meteorites that may have crashed in the Parry Sound area.

“Most meteoroids burn up by the time they hit an altitude of 60 or 70 kilometres from Earth,” says Edwards. “We tracked this one to an altitude of about 24 kilometres so we are pretty sure there are at least one, and possibly many meteorites, that made it to the ground.”

Edwards says the lab can narrow the ground location where the meteorite would have fallen, to about 12 square kilometres and have created a map that may assist in locating the meteorite. The rock, or rocks, would probably weigh a kilogram or slightly more.

“We would love to find a recovered meteorite on this one, because we have the video and we have the data and by putting that together with the meteorite, there is a lot to be learned.”

Google Pulls Pentagon Images From Online Internet Map Service

Google Maps has removed Pentagon images of US military bases from its online Internet service.
Google Pulls Pentagon Images From Online Internet Map Service

Google has removed Pentagon images of US military bases from its online Internet Map service.

The Pentagon says the online images posted on Google's online street level map service poses a security threat to US military bases.

"We have been contacted by the military," Google spokesman Larry Yu said. "In those instances where they have expressed concerns about the imagery, we have accommodated their requests."

The Defense Department, which is still studying how many images are available, has also banned Google teams from filming video images on bases.

"We've got to get a sense of what is there and see how we can mitigate it," Gen. Gene Renuart, head of the military command responsible for homeland defense said.

However, because many images were taken from public streets, the military may not have a legal right to request that videos be pulled.

Street View, a feature of Google Maps, offers a ground level, 360-degree views of streets in 30 US cities. Web users can drive down a street, in a virtual sense, using their mouse to adjust views of roadside scenery.

The online Internet feature has become a popular service for drivers seeking to plan a trip to unfamiliar neighborhoods. However, from the outset, Street View has been a magnet of controversy over a potential privacy invasion of people captured in the images.
About Google Maps
Google Maps (for a time named Google Local) is a free web mapping service application and technology provided by Google that powers many map-based services including the Google Maps website, Google Ride Finder and embedded maps on third-party websites via the Google Maps API. It offers street maps, a route planner, and an urban business locator for numerous countries around the world.

A related product is Google Earth, a standalone program for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X and Linux which offers enhanced globe-viewing features.
Google Maps features a map that users can pan (by dragging the mouse) and zoom (by using the mouse wheel). Users may enter an address, intersection or general area to quickly find it on the map.

Users can also search for businesses and attractions (for example, theatres, restaurants and hotels) in or near a given place. For example, a user can enter a query such as "Waffles in Ottawa" to find restaurants serving waffles in the city.

Like many other map services, Google Maps can generate driving directions between any pair of locations in the United States and Canada and within certain other countries. It shows turn-by-turn instructions, an estimate of the trip time, and the distance between the two locations. Since July 2007, a user can drag any point on the route to another location to add a waypoint, and instantly see the revised route and length while dragging.

Starting November 21, 2007, users with a Google account can adjust the location of markers for businesses and other destinations. According to a video posted on "YouTube" "Sometimes a location can be a little off on a map and your friends can't find you. Now you can fix that." If a user moves the marker by more than 200 meters, the change must go through moderation before it appears online.

Google Maps offers five viewing modes by default: Map (topographic and street map), Satellite (satellite and high-resolution aerial photographs), "Terrain" (geographic features in high relief with street overlay), Street View (ground level 360 degree view of certain streets, introduced on May 30, 2007), and Traffic' (traffic congestion maps).

The "link to this page" link on each Google Maps map targets a URL which can be used to find the location on the map at a later time. The latitude and longitude can be used as input to NASA World Wind or TerraServer-USA, which in some cases have higher-resolution imagery.

Satellite view
Google Maps provides high-resolution satellite images for most urban areas in Canada and the United States (including Hawaii, Alaska, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands) as well as parts of New Zealand, Australia, Egypt, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Iran, Iceland, Italy, Ireland, Iraq, Japan, Taiwan, the Bahamas, Bermuda, Kuwait, Mexico, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and many other countries. Google Maps also covers many cities including Moscow, Istanbul, and most of India.

All the images shown in Google Maps' satellite mode are at least a year old[citation needed] and in some places like New Jersey date back to 2001. Various governments have complained about the potential for terrorists to use the satellite images in planning attacks[1]. Google has blurred some areas for security (mostly in the United States),[citation needed] including the U.S. Naval Observatory area (where the official residence of the Vice President is located), and until recently,[citation needed] the United States Capitol and the White House (which formerly featured erased housetop). Other well-known government installations are visible including Area 51 in the Nevada desert.

With the introduction of an easily pannable and searchable mapping and satellite imagery tool, Google's mapping engine prompted a surge of interest in satellite imagery. Sites were established which feature satellite images of interesting natural and man-made landmarks, including such novelties as "large type" writing visible in the imagery, as well as famous stadia and unique earth formations.

Although Google uses the word "satellite", some of the high-resolution imagery is aerial photography taken from airplanes rather than from satellites.

Like many other Google web applications, Google Maps uses JavaScript extensively. As the user drags the map, the grid squares are downloaded from the server and inserted into the page. When a user searches for a business, the results are downloaded in the background for insertion into the side panel and map - the page is not reloaded. Locations are drawn dynamically by positioning a red pin (composed of several partially-transparent PNGs) on top of the map images.

The technique of providing greater user-interactivity by performing asynchronous network requests with Javascript and XMLHttpRequest has recently become known as Ajax. Maps actually uses XmlHttpRequest sparingly, preferring a hidden IFrame with form submission because it preserves browser history. It also uses JSON for data transfer rather than XML, for performance reasons. These techniques both fall under the broad Ajax umbrella.

The GIS (Geographic Information System) data used in Google Maps are provided by Tele Atlas and NAVTEQ,[3] while the small patches of high-resolution satellite imagery are largely provided by DigitalGlobe and its QuickBird satellite, with some imagery also from government sources. The main global imagery base called NaturalVue was derived from Landsat 7 imagery by MDA Federal (formerly Earth Satellite Corporation). This global image base provides the essential foundation for the entire application.

Extensibility and customization
As the Google Maps code is almost entirely JavaScript and XML, some end-users reverse-engineered the tool and produced client-side scripts and server-side hooks which allowed a user or website to introduce expanded or customised features into the Google Maps interface.

Using the core engine and the map/satellite images hosted by Google, such tools can introduce custom location icons, location coordinates and metadata, and even custom map image sources into the Google Maps interface. The script-insertion tool Greasemonkey provides a large number of client-side scripts to customize Google Maps data, and the website provides an interface for easily adding your own set of locations and viewing them on Google Maps.

Combined with photo sharing websites such as Flickr, a phenomenon called "memory maps" emerged. Using copies of the Keyhole satellite photos of their home towns or other favorite places, the users take advantage of image annotation features to provide personal histories and information regarding particular points of the area.

Google Maps API
Google created the Google Maps API to facilitate developers integrating Google Maps into their web sites with their own data points. It is a free service, which currently does not contain ads, but Google states in their terms of use[4] that they reserve the right to display ads in the future.

By using the Google Maps API you can embed the full Google Maps on an external web site. Start by creating an API Key,[5] it will be bound to the web site and directory you enter when creating the key. Creating your own map interface involves adding the Google JavaScript code to your page, and then using Javascript functions to add points to the map.

When the API first launched, it lacked the ability to geocode addresses, requiring you to manually add points in (latitude, longitude) format. This has since been rectified.

At the same time as the release of the Google Maps API, Yahoo! released their own Maps API.[6] Both were released to coincide with the O'Reilly Web 2.0 Conference. Yahoo! Maps lacks international support, but included a geocoder in the first release.

As of October 2006, Google Gadgets' Google maps implementation is much easier to use with just the need of one line of script. The drawback is that it is not as customizable as the full API.

In late 2006, Yahoo began a campaign to upgrade their maps, to compete better with Google Local and other online map companies. Several of the maps used in a survey were similar to Google maps.

Google Maps actively promotes the commercial use of their API. One of its earliest adopters at large scale are real estate mashup sites. Google's case study is about Nestoria, a property search engine in the UK and Spain.

Google Maps for Mobile
In late 2006, Google introduced a Java application called Google Maps for Mobile, which is intended to run on any Java based phone or mobile device. Most, if not all,[vague] web based features are available from within the application.[7] On November 28th, 2007, Google Maps for Mobile 2.0 was released. It introduced a GPS-like location service that does not require a GPS receiver. This service is available for Nokia S60 devices, Windows Mobile Pocket PCs, Blackberries and some other smartphones

Google Maps parameters
In Google Maps, the URL parameters may be tweaked to offer views and options not normally available through on-screen controls.

For instance, the maximum zoom level offered is normally 18, but if higher-resolution images are available, changing the z parameter, which sets the zoom level, will allow the user to access them, as in this view of elephants or this view of people at a well deep in Chad, Africa using the parameter z=23.

A list of Google Maps parameters and their descriptions is available.

A satellite that will generously provide high speed Internet service to businesses and home

This is a different system, it does not use a land line.
Japanese Satellite Offers High Speed Internet
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) says the launching of the new high speed access satellite will provide a significant boost in Internet access technology.

JAXA's satellite-fired fast Internet project is a successful tie-up with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and targets to generously provide the service to businesses and homes.

Launched with a rocket, the satellite would beam Internet access via small disks to be installed in residential areas and offices and promises to be much faster than current interconnections through cable and DSL services.

A JAXA news release said: "The new technology would enhance Internet connections in the Asian region with a promise of 1.2 gigabytes per second."

The JAXA also cited that the new technology "will make possible great advances in telemedicine, which will eventually take high-quality medical treatment to remote areas, and in distance education, connecting students and teachers separated by great distances," JAXA said.
sure this wonderful new technology.
will cause the eyes of everyone in Japan to be permanently affixed to the screens of their keitai, as they shudder and moan with a never-ending stream of instantaneous optical gratification

Apple Falls Short of Rental-Movie Target

iTunes: Apple misses iTunes movie rental target
Apple first announced its new iTunes movie rental service during the MacWorld Expo, which generously provides consumers to download movies onto their iPhone, Apple TV box or other devices, but the goal of the new service has fallen short of its goal.

One of the reasons for the shortfall may be the number of titles offered. As of February 29, there were just 378 titles available on the iTunes online store, and only 351 titles available on the Apple TV unit. When you combine movies for sale and rental on the iTunes store, 770 titles are available.

Apple also announced at MacWorld that they will have 100 titles available in high-def (high definition), and it appears; they are closer to that promise.

Apple TV should appeal to someone like me: with two young kids, a spouse and limited time, I now have a way to rent movies from a device that's attached to a high-definition television set. That should be just the ticket, right?
But I confess I'm not overwhelmed by Apple TV's latest revision, even though it has a host of entertaining features. Certainly, some lack of enthusiasm comes from the Hollywood-mandated 24 hours in which you can watch a film from start to finish; competitors to Apple TV suffer the same odd limit.

Apple TV lacks any killer feature that makes it worth putting in the TV cabinet, and its buy-our-stuff orientation and focus on HD rentals leaves me cold, partly because of the current poor selection of movies available.

And despite Apple's usual polish and its universe of devices that can play purchased or rented content, equipment from competitors may have more to offer: games, TV recording or more movies — take your pick.

Apple TV "Take 2," as company head Steve Jobs likes to call it, involves a major software overhaul. The hardware — a square-footprint, compact appliance — remains similar to the original version. (Owners of the Apple TV before a software update released a few weeks ago can simply upgrade their units at no cost.)

The Apple TV is a networked multimedia device that sports a 40 GB ($229) or 160 GB ($329) hard drive; can play content purchased and downloaded directly to its drive; synchronize iTunes and photo content from one Mac or Windows system on a local network; and stream media from up to five more iTunes libraries on the local network.

The original Apple TV was just a conduit: the media streamed or synced to it was then viewed on an appropriate television set. (Some older TVs require a converter to accept a "composite" or single-plug video signal; the folks at SVideo offer one starting at $139:

The new Apple TV has two significant changes: First, you can buy stuff on it; second, you can rent movies, including a limited selection of HD versions, and watch them without involving a computer. Content you buy — but not content you rent — can be copied back to the single networked Mac or Windows system you've chosen to synchronize items with.

The new software also lets you pull in and view photos stored on Yahoo's Flickr service and Mac galleries. You can also subscribe to podcasts, and watch YouTube videos. Each of the media options is listed in a streamlined and redesigned menu. The left pane shows Movies, TV Shows, Music, Podcasts, Photos, YouTube and Settings; a right pane changes contextually, based on the main category you've chosen.

It's an easy way to get to everything you own and anything you might want to buy. But "buy" is the operative word here.

The menu organization shows that the Apple TV is all about Apple, not about you. Instead of organizing all your media in one place, as iTunes does in the top left of its sidebar, each of the four main media categories put what you can buy first, and your own media at the bottom.

For instance, with TV Shows selected you see Favorites, Top TV Shows, Genres, TV Networks, Search and My TV Shows. When you're navigating to watch a show, wouldn't you rather see what you currently have available to watch?

Easy set up

Setting up an Apple TV is as typically easy as most Apple hardware. It's a networked device, and can be connected either via Ethernet or Wi-Fi, with support for the fastest 802.11n standard built in to Apple gateways and computers. Setting up iTunes to work with Apple TV involves a nifty mechanism: The Apple TV displays a five-digit code in large type. You select the Apple TV in iTunes — it shows up in the left sidebar — and then enter that code. Like a networked iPod, all the content available in each copy of iTunes connected to the Apple TV can be played and viewed.

The Front Row remote control is identical to that used with Apple's computers. A menu button is below a four-position dial (up/down, right/left) with a play/pause/select button in its middle. (It's so identical that I kept triggering other Macs via the infrared control. A well-hidden setting in the Security preferences pane in Leopard lets you disable remote access via remote control.)

Watching movies

After setting up the network, and entering my iTunes Store account information, I was able to browse through movies, watch previews and make purchases and rentals.

Rentals of standard-definition (SD) movies can start almost immediately if you have a reasonably fast connection. My 3 Mbps DSL seemed to qualify. With SD, an hour is roughly 800 MB; HD is about three times as big.

On a 3 Mbps DSL, assuming about 80 percent real-world performance, a two-hour SD movie would take about 90 minutes to download. In testing, a two-hour HD movie took several hours; I let it run overnight.

Those with fast DSL or cable modems will be able to download an HD movie faster than they watch it, and can start watching a movie shortly after purchase.

While watching an HD movie — "Superbad," which looked super-vivid and super-crisp in HD — the Apple TV once showed a glitch resulting from the encryption that studios require. A technology called HDCP has to engage between the Apple TV and an HDTV before the movie plays. Once, in navigating away from and back to the film, the screen went blank momentarily as it switched encryption on, and the movie played as a mostly white screen with audio. Navigating away and back resolved the glitch.

The Apple TV also handled its other features quite well. I hooked in to Flickr and looked at recent photos taken by me and friends; watched some popular YouTube videos; and listened to Glenn Gould from my music library. The controls for music seem somewhat horsy and primitive; they're identical to what you find on an iPod, but having truncated titles and limited track information seems silly where more detail could be shown.

Apple's rental system

Apple's big push with the new Apple TV centers on movie rentals. Apple signed the big five studios and several independent moviemakers to have the greatest possible selection both for this device and within iTunes.

Apple's rental system falls short in a number of different ways, some having to do with constraints placed upon them — not that that's stopped Apple from charting its own course before.

For starters, all of Apple's competitors for stand-alone movie boxes, such as Vudu, have thousands of titles. Apple's Jobs promised 1,000 rental movies by the end of February, but the count is less than 400 in early March. (Microsoft has a small movie count for its Xbox Live service, but the Xbox 360 is compatible at no extra cost with CinemaNow, which has thousands of films for rent or purchase.) Apple will certainly rectify these numbers over time.

A bigger concern has to do with limits on portability. This is a tough thing to criticize, because Apple is the only firm that has an ecosystem for moving rented movies around; its closest competitors that support portable devices allow only purchased movies and TV shows to play on multiple devices.

Still, Apple prides itself on the seamless movement of media, and that makes it particularly odd that it made the choices they did.

If you buy music, movies or videos on an Apple TV, you can sync those items back to iTunes on a networked computer, and then, in turn, move those items onto other computers or iPods and iPhones.

If you rent a movie on the Apple TV, however, it can't be moved to watch elsewhere. But if you rent the same movie via iTunes it's portable, even to an Apple TV. Confusing? You bet. (Even more confusing, if you own a pre-2007 video iPod, you can download movies you buy from the iTunes Store, but not movies you rent. Apple offers no explanation.)

A more general complaint has to do with the rental period. Apple, like most of its competitors, requires that you start watching a rented movie within 30 days of download and complete watching it within a 24-hour period. Apple did throw in a nice bone: if you're watching a film when the 24-hour period ends, or you've paused before that period and have left the movie paused on an Apple TV — which has no off button — you can continue to watch until the film ends.

Other options out there

As a parent of two, I cannot watch a film within a 24-hour period. It's been proved time and again. My wife, on hearing this limit, said, "We're not their demographic."

But even if Apple were able to pry the fingers of the movie industry off this particular setting, which doesn't seem to benefit the studios at all, the Apple TV still seems in search of a purpose.

If you like movies that much, Vudu, with its greater selection for both renting and buying, might be a smarter buy. If you play games, the Xbox 360 is a better match with a CinemaNow account.

If you record television, a TiVo Series 3 coupled with a rented CableCard decoder from our local cable firm (for recording premium cable channels) and Amazon Unbox might be the smarter investment.

Apple's improvements to Apple TV are welcome, and the device is as stylish and functional as one hopes from the company, but it hasn't yet found its real purpose in a digital life.

Apple Inc. has fallen substantially short of its target of having 1,000 movies available for rent on its Apple TV set-top box by the end of February, and is blaming studios for the discrepancy.

A complete count of the number of movies available on the box on Wednesday was elusive, but appeared to be between 400 and 500. A menu option that showed all movies at once has been removed, and some movies can be found only by searching for words in the title.

Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs told shareholders at the annual meeting Tuesday that he's "not happy" with the shortfall, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Jobs said it's taking movie studios more time than expected to get approval from various rights holders, the paper reported.

Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr on Wednesday said the company hopes to have 1,000 movies available "soon."

When Apple launched the device last year, it did not connect directly to the Internet, but could play movies and music from the user's computer. A software update in the middle of February gave users the ability to rent movies from Apple's iTunes Store without going through a computer.

Apple was closer to meeting another of its stated goals: 100 high-definition movies available on Apple TV. On Wednesday, 98 were offered.

ITunes had a slow start in offering music as well. It started out with 200,000 songs in 2003 and now has 6 million.

Apple TV boxes start at $229.

A competing Internet set-top box from Vudu Inc. that launched last fall has roughly 5,000 movies available. That box sells for $295.


DEAR READERS: Happy woman's day

International Women's Day has been observed since in the early 1900's, a time of great expansion and turbulence in the industrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies.

Great unrest and critical debate was occurring amongst women. Women's oppression and inequality was spurring women to become more vocal and active in campaigning for change. Then in 1908, 15,000 women marched through New York City demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

In accordance with a declaration by the Socialist Party of America, the first National Woman's Day (NWD) was observed across the United States on 28 February. Women continued to celebrate NWD on the last Sunday of February until 1913.

At a Socialist International meeting in Copenhagen, an International Women's Day of no fixed date was proposed to honour the women's rights movement and to assist in achieving universal suffrage for women. Over 100 women from 17 countries unanimously agreed the proposal. 3 of these women were later elected the first women to the Finnish parliament.

Following the decision agreed at Copenhagen in 1911, International Women's Day (IWD) was honoured the first time in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland on 19 March. More than one million women and men attended IWD rallies campaigning for women's rights to work, vote, be trained, to hold public office and end discrimination. However less than a week later on 25 March, the tragic 'Triangle Fire' in New York City took the lives of more than 140 working women, most of them Italian and Jewish immigrants. This disastrous event drew significant attention to working conditions and labour legislation in the United States that became a focus of subsequent International Women's Day events. 1911 also saw women's 'Bread and Roses' campaign.

On the eve of World War I campaigning for peace, Russian women observed their first International Women's Day on the last Sunday in February 1913. In 1914 further women across Europe held rallies to campaign against the war and to express women's solidarity.

On the last Sunday of February, Russian women began a strike for "bread and peace" in response to the death over 2 million Russian soldiers in war. Opposed by political leaders the women continued to strike until four days later the Czar was forced to abdicate and the provisional Government granted women the right to vote. The date the women's strike commenced was Sunday 23 February on the Julian calendar then in use in Russia. This day on the Gregorian calendar in use elsewhere was 8 March.

1918 - 1999
Since its birth in the socialist movement, International Women's Day has grown to become a global day of recognition and celebration across developed and developing countries alike. For decades, IWD has grown from strength to strength annually. For many years the United Nations has held an annual IWD conference to coordinate international efforts for women's rights and participation in social, political and economic processes. 1975 was designated as 'International Women’s Year' by the United Nations. Women's organisations and governments around the world have also observed IWD annually on 8 March by holding large-scale events that honour women's advancement and while diligently reminding of the continued vigilance and action required to ensure that women's equality is gained and maintained in all aspects of life.

2000 - 2007
IWD is now an official holiday in Armenia, Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam. The tradition sees men honouring their mothers, wives, girlfriends, colleagues, etc with flowers and small gifts. In some countries IWD has the equivalent status of Mother's Day where children give small presents to their mothers and grandmothers.

The new millennium has witnessed a significant change and attitudinal shift in both women's and society's thoughts about women's equality and emancipation. Many from a younger generation feel that 'all the battles have been won for women' while many feminists from the 1970's know only too well the longevity and ingrained complexity of patriarchy. With more women in the boardroom, greater equality in legislative rights, and an increased critical mass of women's visibility as impressive role models in every aspect of life, one could think that women have gained true equality. The unfortunate fact is that women are still not paid equally to that of their male counterparts, women still are not present in equal numbers in business or politics, and globally women's education, health and the violence against them is worse than that of men.

However, great improvements have been made. We do have female astronauts and prime ministers, school girls are welcomed into university, women can work and have a family, women have real choices. And so the tone and nature of IWD has, for the past few years, moved from being a reminder about the negatives to a celebration of the positives.

Annually on 8 March, thousands of events are held throughout the world to inspire women and celebrate their achievements. While there are many large-scale initiatives, a rich and diverse fabric of local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from political rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking events through to local women's craft markets, theatric performances, fashion parades and more.

Many global corporations have also started to more actively support IWD by running their own internal events and through supporting external ones. For example, on 8 March search engine and media giant Google even changes its logo on its global search pages. Corporations like HSBC host the UK's largest and longest running IWD event delivered by women's company Aurora. Last year Nortel sponsored IWD activities in over 20 countries and thousands of women participated. Nortel continues to connect its global workforce though a coordinated program of high-level IWD activity, as does Accenture both virtually and offline. Accenture supports more than 2,000 of its employees to participate in its International Women's Day activities that include leadership development sessions, career workshops and corporate citizenship events held across six continents - in eight cities in the United States and in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Spain, South Africa and the UK. Accenture also coordinated am IWD webcast featuring stories about Accenture women worldwide that ran uninterrupted for 30 hours across 11 time zones via Accenture's intranet. Year on year IWD is certainly increasing in status. The United States even designates the whole month of March as 'Women's History Month'.

So make a difference, think globally and act locally !! Make everyday International Women's Day. Do your bit to ensure that the future for girls is bright, equal, safe and rewarding.

The International Women's Day website is proudly provided by Aurora, a company that connects business and professional women and actively promotes companies’ employer brands, their job vacancies and their business products / services. Aurora owns and maintains the IWD website and for many years has promoted IWD activity globally through providing this FREE global register of IWD event listings used by women, the media, governments, charities and industry. This is a central global register of IWD events, for downloading IWD logos and for helping women's groups from all around the world communicate their IWD messages. Aurora wishes all groups a successful and effective IWD 2008................


World of Women

World Movies, the international movie channel from UTV, presents ‘WOW - World of Women’ special this March, to celebrate the beauty and power of being a woman on the occasion of Women's Day. This special movie line-up includes contemporary, exciting and entertaining box-office hits from around the world, that highlight the different stages a woman passes through. ‘Three Colours: Blue’ will be shown on March 8 at 8.30 pm, on March 22, a Spanish movie about a retired teacher and a soap star who embark on an interesting road trip, by Eduardo Mignogna will be screened and on March 29, ‘Hana & Alice’, a Japanese movie by Shunji Iwai, and about childhood friends Hana and Alice will be shown. While Alice is unrestrained and free-spirited, Hana is always picking up the pieces, a result of it.

Adventures of the ladies tailor

Ladies Tailor - Manish sports this as a tattoo. The maverick designer is ascending the fashion ladder with his humour and fascinating designs. However, his imagination is in no way restricted to the term 'fashion'. It transcends through a kaleidoscope of design - related interests and through ‘Adventures of the LadiesTailor’, Manish explores each of these with the inherent passion and pizzazz of a veteran style guru.

The six-part series will be aired on Discovery Travel and Living every Sunday at 8.30 pm, starting March 16. The episodes will encore every Thursday at 10 pm. The series has a liberal smattering of uber cool people and places, bling things and razzle-dazzle that are an inseparable part of the high fashion circuit. It is replete with many highs and lows,an inherent part of any creative process and even more so with a passionate, restless and emotionally charged person such as Manish. Problems, challenges and disappointments are an integral part of the series.

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